No ‘downside’ to 2017 Honda CR-V turbo Technology
“It won’t last as long,” Turbocharged engines run hotter, are prone to break!” That may have been true last century. And I emphasize, may have been! While I can’t speak for all turbo owners, I presently hold in my personal stable a 99’ Volvo S80 T6 twin turbocharged ‘straight 6’ with 138,000 miles showing on the odometer. To date, the engine remains mechanically bulletproof, uses no oil between changes, and runs generally as well as the day I purchased the vehicle back in the day. O.K., so this is a Honda-brand specific story, let’s get to it!
Honda is the largest engine manufacturer(by volume) in the world
Honda gasoline and diesel internal combustion engines are known for their mechanical reliability. That’s a given, tested by time. The big “H” has manufactured turbocharged engines for decades. With today’s extreme low-friction engine internal components, and synthetically formulated engine lubricants, intercoolers, and advanced engine management PCM, (power control module) 4-cylinder, direct and port fuel injected, turbocharged I.C.E.s, are now the engine of choice as world-auto-manufacturers scramble to meet and beat pending C.A.R.B compliant fuel efficiency and emission standards.
In my latest 2017 CR-V drive time, I recorded a true 31.9 MPG combined driving in mostly wet winter weather. The new-found acceleration is akin to this car, they share the same engine. Furthermore, gone was freeway-on-ramp concern, or passing time, as hills and bi-ways effortlessly melted in the rear view mirror.
We leave turbo-lag behind, in exchange for instant-on killer torque
Yes, a small displacement, direct injected, turbocharged engine can be a bit “rattled’ at times, it sounds different than a V8 or V6 mill. Yest, due to the favorable early-on torque curve, and hotter, recirculating exhaust gas burn time, leaner, meaner and near-zero in expelled exhaust emissions. This week we spend a week in the seat of Honda’s best selling CR-V. What’s different for 2017 will fill a complete drive review. In the meantime, read our initial drive impressions here.